A sheriff's son is killed in an early- morning traffic accident.
Fewer rail crossings may NOT be safer.
And there's going to be a revolution- -well it's one we've already
We'll visit one of the monuments- -just up Abbey Road a piece.
A busy sports day set to unfold for you tonight as golfing great Ben Hogan
dies, Ray Knight gets fired, two Hokies try to hang on with the Panthers, Brett
Favre signs for $48 million,
and Jeff Jones signs on for two more years to coach the Cavaliers through the
A perfect weekend forecast for late July, it may be hot but it will be
State Police say excessive speed may have been a factor in a crash that
killed the son of Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown this morning.
17- year- old Matthew Brown lost control of his car in this curve on route
691 around 1:15.
His father, Sheriff Mike Brown, had become concerned when his son didn't
Mike Brown was the first to find the car in the ditch.
SUPER=01-Lt. Kent Robey/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.
OUT Q=take their places.
Brown graduated from North Cross School in Roanoke County last month.
Today, he was remembered as a creative student, an accomplished magician who
loved to perform.
IN Q=I'll just remember him
((HUGH MEAGHER/DEAN OF STUDENTS: I'LL JUST REMEMBER HIM AS A WONDERFUL,
BRIGHT-EYED KID, WHO WAS REAL EVEN-TEMPERED AND WAS JUST FUN TO HAVE IN CLASS
AND FUN TO HAVE AROUND. WE WON'T FORGET HIM. MATT WAS NOT THE TYPE OF STUDENT
TO SORT OF SLIP INTO THE
SUPER=01-Hugh Meagher/Dean of Students;
OUT Q=slip into the woodwork.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday morning.
Safety is the issue.
But Blue Ridge residents and Norfolk Southern Railroad are on opposite sides
of the track.
N-S officials say by closing crossings at many sites... accidents will be
prevented and lives will be saved.
Residents who live near the rail lines that cross Cherry Lane say if that
section is closed, it will be more dangerous.
Families living in the vicinity say the railroad wants to land lock them, and
then wash its hands of the matter.
IN Q=He told us
((LEE WADE/BLUE RIDGE RESIDENT:HE TOLD US WE WERE TRESPASSING AND UNLESS WE
SIGNED THIS LICENCING AGREEMENT WHICH WOULD DO AWAY ALL OUR RIGHTS IF WE GOT
INJURED OR KILLED BY A TRAIN, BUT IF WE DIDN'T SIGN THAT WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO
USE THAT RAILROAD BED OR ROAD AND WE'D BE TRESPASSING AND WE COULD BE
SUPER=01-Lee Wade/Blue Ridge Resident; RUNS=:16
OUT Q=be arrested
Norfolk Southern representatives say the company has the interest of motorists
and employees at heart.
They say reducing the number of crossings is beneficial.
IN Q=So the correlation
((DANNY GILBERT/NS SAFETY DEPT.:SO THE CORRELATION IN GRAPH, SHOWS THAT AS LONG
AS THE CROSSINGS ARE BEING ELIMINATED THE ACCIDENTS ARE GOING DOWN ))
SUPER=01-Danny Gilbert/NS Safety Dept.;
OUT Q=going down
Five families are taking N-S to court next week, seeking an injunction to
postpone the closure.
Police located three bodies in the backyard of a Roanoke City home this
But there will be no "official" criminal investigation.
The remains were donated by the medical examiners office and The College of
And the "crime" scene, a school in evidence recovery.
Denise Allen has the story.
IN Q=The skull
SUPER=01-Det. Rick Moorer/Instructor;
SUPER=01-Inv. Billie Stockton/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=News 7
The skull peaking through the dirt is not that of a murder victim, but one
donated for research.
This is just one of three crime scenes located in the yard of this Roanoke
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE CLASS IS SET UP TO IMITATE A WORKING CRIME SCENE.
THOUGH THE CRIME IS FICTIONAL THE INVESTIGATORS ARE TAKING THE ACT OF
RECOVERING EVIDENCE SERIOUSLY.
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IN Q=something as small
((DET/ RICK MOORER/INSTRUCTOR: SOMETHING AS SMALL AS A SINGLE TOOTH CAN HELP US
DETERMINE THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE DECEASED OR HELP US DETERMINE AN ARTICLE OF
OUT Q=of evidence
When a skeleton is found the crime may be years old.
This course teaches investigators the best way to preserve even the most
SOT tape 2 15:21:10
IN Q=now i feel
((INV. BILLIE STOCKTON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: NOW I FEEL MORE CONFIDENT
IN WHAT I'M DOING WHEN I ARRIVE ON A CRIME SCENE LIKE THIS. THINGS I CAN TAKE
BACK TO MY DEPARTMENT.))
OUT Q=to my department
The investigators get hands on experience in uncovering the remains, but
also how to identify a gravesite.
IN Q=DISCOLORATION OF
((MOORER: DISCOLORATION OF VEGETATION, DISCOLORATION OF SOILS THESE KINDS OF
THINGS LOOK FOR PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THESE BODIES.))
Moorer says these techniques help investigators identify victims and solve
Which he says often helps ease the pain of those left behind.
Denise Allen News 7.
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A new attraction in Virginia honors four lads from Liverpool. That story a
little later on News 7 at Six.
Also a Radford University team
is scaling new heights--headed for Yosemite Park.
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A Franklin County man pled guilty today in an attempt to blackmail the
nation's largest cigarette maker.
Bruce Rehm became convinced asbestos was getting into cigarette filters
made by Phillip Morris.
Rehm had been to the plant where one of the raw materials is made. He has
a friend who worked at the Hoechst Celanese Plant.
That's where they make cellulose acetate tow.
Rather than tell Hoechst Celanese- -or report it to the government, Rehm
called Phillip Morris using an assumed name, calling from various different pay
They finally arranged a meeting in Roanoke.
IN Q=For the first
((GREG PHILLIPS/REHM'S ATTORNEY: FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE DIALOGUE MY CLIENT
STATED, "ALL I WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS IS TO SET UP A CORPORATION AND CLEAN UP
THE ASBESTOS." AND MY CLIENT HAD A 97% PURE HEART, BUT WHEN PRESSED, HE WASN'T
WILLING TO RUN DOWN THE $1 MILLION. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Phillips/Rehm's Attorney
OUT Q=million dollars.
The million dollars was the F-B-I undercover agent's idea- -but Rehm went
along with it. That makes him guilty of blackmail.
There's no evidence the Celanese product has asbestos in it.
Pittsylvania County supervisors may not be strong enough to keep ten
thousand hogs at bay.
The board passed a resolution today asking a North Carolina hog farm to
stay out of the county ... but that document has no legal force.
Tina Tenret explains.
IN Q= The 1994 Right to Farm Act
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SUPER=01-Coy Harville/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor; :27
OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania County
The 1994 Right to Farm Act welcomes ANY farm to ANY plot of agricultural
land... no special use permit or public hearing required.
That rolls out the red carpet for a large scale hog farm from North
Carolina to locate in this corner of Pittsylvania County.
Residents predict hog manure will destroy their water, air and property
But thanks to the Right to Farm Act, they have no say in whether or not the
industry locates here.
IN Q=We need a public hearing
((COY HARVILLE/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE NEED A PUBLIC HEARING.
YOU'RE TAKING THE POWER OF THE LOCALITIES OUT AND LEAVING IT AT THE STATE
LEVEL. WE NEED THE LOCALITIES TO CONTROL WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT THEY DON'T
OUT Q=they don't want
Delegate Ted Bennett says the county can always change the zoning on
agricultural land ... if ALL farmers are not welcome.
IN Q=But if you want
((DEL TED BENNETT: BUT IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE AGRICULTURE, THESE ARE THE RULES.
IF YOU DON'T WANT TO ABIDE BY THOSE RULES, THEN YOU WRITE YOUR OWN. I DON'T
KNOW A MUCH MORE DEMOCRATIC WAY THAN THAT.))
OUT Q=way than that
Bennett is part of a committee revisiting the Act, but he says he would hate
to see it weakened.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Pittsylvania County))
A big shakeup at the nation's biggest for- profit health care company.
Columbia- H-C-A, a major health-care provider in THIS area, has a new C-E-O
Richard Scott and his second- in- command were apparently forced to resign
by the company's board of directors.
Columbia- H-C-A has been the target of a sweeping federal investigation,
since allegations of overbilling cropped up a few months ago.
In a statement, Scott insists he has committed no wrongdoing.
There is NO indication that Columbia H-C-A medical centers in our area are
subjects of the investigation.
A mixed finish today ended the week on Wall
The market struggled throughout the session with profit taking
after three days of record highs.
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Residents of a Roanoke community say the battle may be over in their
neighborhood, but they're taking the war to city hall.
City Officials spent the morning touring a botched construction site.
Contractor Phillip Bane had planned to build 11 homes here on Autumn Lane.
Since court appearances have failed to push Bane into action, city officials
are going to make repairs to the property within the city right-of-way.
IN Q=THAT OUR STREET
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MGR: THAT OUR STREET CREWS WILL BE IN HERE THIS
WEEKEND AND WE'LL COMPLETE THE ROAD WORK AND THEN WE'LL DEAL WITH THE
OUT Q=DEAL WITH THE DEVELOPER
IN Q=we've reached a point
((AUBREY BUTLER/AUTUMN LANE RESIDENT: WE'VE REACHED A POINT WHERE IT EVEN
SOUNDS TO US LIKE WE'RE WHINING. AND WE FEEL THAT'S A WASTE OF ENERGY. WE
FEEL WE SHOULD FOCUS EVERYTHING ON THE BETTERMENT OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT.))
SUPER=01-Aubrey Butler/Autumn Lane Resident;
OUT Q=of city government
Butler says they plan to start a city-wide action group.
He says they'll place an ad in the newspaper to let people know when and
where to meet.
It has been a busy year for the Roanoke Valley's small business incubator.
Incubators house young companies and assist them in the early stages of
The one based in Roanoke is called the New Century Venture Center.
Today about 100 business leaders visited to help celebrate its first
((ROBERT TEMPLIN/VIRGINIA'S CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: NORMALLY AN
INCUBATOR TAKES MUCH LONGER BEFORE IT CAN START TO SHOW SUCCESS. WITHIN ONE
YEAR THEY'VE ALREADY GRADUATED ONE COMPANY. THEY HAVE ALMOST 100 EMPLOYEES
THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED. SO I THINK IT'S BEEN AN ENORMOUSLY SUCCESSFUL EFFORT
IN ITS FIRST YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Robert Templin/Va's Center for Innovative Technology;
OUT Q=first year.
Incubators help fledgling businesses keep their costs down in a variety of
ways, including low rents, shared secretarial services, and conference
Coming your way tonight in sports, Favre and Jones sign, golf loses a legend,
Ronde continues to learn a lesson,
And Steve Mason is back on the Panthers prowl with tonight.
IN Q="a local
OUT Q=...spartanburg, South carolina, next"
Let's begin tonight with two contract items, the first from the University of
This afternoon athletic director Terry Holland announced that Jeff Jones has
received and accepted a two year contract extension.
The new deal will keep Jeff leadin the Cavs through the year 2000, his 10th
as head coach.
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And in Green bay this afternoon, Brett Favre became the NFL's highest paid
player signing a seven year deal worth $48 million, with a $12 million signing
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In other contract news, Warrick Dunn came to terms with Tampa bay last night,
and today he got down to business during the Bucs morning workout at Tampa
Ronde Barber, wearing number 20, continues to make the adjustment to the pro
game. Here Horace Copeland makes the catch in front of him.
Then watch him find out about an NFL stiff arm courtesy of fullback MIke
The Bucs open the preseason next Saturday against the Skins.
GRAPHIC=Va tech football
Virginia Tech is well represented at
SS=Panthers training camp
Panthers training camp. Steve Mason talked with two former Hokies trying to
make the professional grade.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1996 Season; :17(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :29
SUPER=01-Myron Newsome/Panther Linebacker; :45
SUPER=01-Kevin Steele/Panther Linebacker Coach; 1:00
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panther Linebacker; 1:14
SUPER=01-Waverly Jackson/Panther Defensive Tackle; 1:42
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
((Linebacker Myron Newsome and defensive tackle Waverly Jackson. Two former
Hokies a long way from Lane Stadium Worsham Field; adjusting to one hot NFL
The word on Waverly, who stared along side Tech All-American and now
Baltimore Raven Cornell Brown, is promising.
Myron Newsome terrorized college quarterbacks with his physical strength;
but is finding the pro game is more mind over muscle.
On the field; future hall of famer sam Mills has taken Myron under his wing
where the tandem is drawing some erie comparisons.
The panthers first roster reduction date is August 19, At Panthers training
camp, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
Ben Hogan, one of golf's greatest players of all-time died this afternoon at
his home in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Hogan was 84 years old and had been in declining health. Two years ago he
had colon cancer surgery, and he also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Hogan is third all-time in wins on the PGA tour with 63.
He also won four US Open titles.
And is one of only four players to win all 4 majors.
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The 24th annual Valley Hall of Fame Championships teed off at Hunting Hills
today. John Griffith was your leader heading into today's second round of the
Seniors division. he fired a 72 yesterday; but finished with a 86 today.
Dan Keffer won the seniors with a final round of 68. Travis Horak captured
the juniors crwon. He fired a 69 yesterday and then a a one over 71 today.
The Cincinnati Reds are nine and a half games out of first place in the NL
central, and without manager Ray Knight.
This afternoon general manager Jim Bowden fired Knight because of the team's
Knight was in the final year of a two year contract.
Jack McKeon is his interim replacement.
One of the biggest swimming meets in this part of the state is taking place
this weekend at the Dedmon Center pool in Radford.
1048 swimmers from 20 teams in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg, Radford
and Botetourt County began stroking this morning at eight, and will continue
doing so through tomorrow in the 30th annual Roanoke Valley Aquatic
Association's city-county meet.
IN Q="The 30th year...
((RON SPELLMAN/MEET DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Ron Spellman/Meets Director;:00
OUT Q=...ON IT YEAR AROUND."
Taking care of the swimmers is tough enough, but organizers also have to find
somewhere to put the more than 600 parents who attend the meet.
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Geology becomes an adventure for a student and professor at Radford
Dr. Skip Watts and Daniel Gilliam will spend eight days with a U-S
Geological Survey in Yosemite Park.
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They will study the site of a rock slide that caused one death and 14
injuries last July.
To get the data they will have to rock climb to the site- which is 17-hundred
feet off the valley floor.
The information gathered will be used to predict other geological problems.
IN Q=The main
((SKIP WATTS/ ENGINEERING GEOSCIENCES DIRECTOR: THE MAIN THING THAT WE WANT TO
ACCOMPLISH IS TO IDENTIFY WHAT THE CAUSE OF LAST SUMMER'S ROCK SLIDE WAS AND
WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S MORE ROCK UP THERE WAITING TO COME DOWN AND IF SO TRY TO
IDENTIFY HOW MUCH, WHERE IT MIGHT COME DOWN AND WHEN IT MIGHT COME DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Skip Watts/Engineering Geosciences Director
OUT Q=come down (quick out)
Gilliam plans to use the project as the basis for his masters thesis in
Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11,
the popular country singer Vince Gill brings his act to Roanoke.
We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.
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